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"mommy, i'm okay, but all my friends are dead." >> and we are now seeing the faces of the young victims as one father steps forward. >> my daughter emilie would be one of the first ones to give her love and support to all those victims because that's the type of person she is. >> announcer: this is a special edition of "good morning america: tragedy at the elementary school," live from newtown, connecticut. and good morning. i'm dan harris reporting from newtown, connecticut. behind me the sandy hook volunteer fire department where they took those children right after the massacre friday morning. bianna golodryga is back in new york city at our abc news headquarters. much more coming up from her. with me is lara spencer and amy robach. >> it is hard to imagine. there is even more sadness as we
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are starting to see the faces. we knew the names last night, but we see the faces of those young victims, still very young victims. it's hard to imagine how quickly their lives were taken away and how much they still had to live. >> we also will hear the story of one of those little survivors. >> yeah. >> and we're going to talk about random acts of kindness, how this community and strangers have come together in a way that is truly remarkable in an attempt to begin the healing. >> we'll have incredible reporting coming up from both of you. we'll get to that in just a minute. let's start with a look at the latest news from newtown. as we said, the president will be visiting later today. he will be arriving here to meet with the victims and also thank the first responders. he'll be speaking at an interfaith vigil. here is a telling detail. this is the fourth time in four years that this president has paid a visit after a mass shooting. incredible. also this morning, police have now released the list of victims. look closely at the dates of birth, and you will see the children were all born between 2005 and 2006.
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one of them, a little girl by the name of josephine gay, just had her seventh birthday on tuesday. one of our colleagues, quite aptly called this maybe the saddest piece of paper ever printed. the families are now releasing pictures of the children they lost. as a writer for the associated press put it, "these are victims who still had their baby teeth." overnight peter lanza, the father of adam lanza, released his first public statement saying we are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can. we too are asking why." sources say no note or manifesto from the gunman has been found at this point, and this morning americans of all stripes are honoring the victims. today, every single nfl team will observe a moment of silence before the games. the giants and patriots will play with special decals on their helmet. and last night on an emotional "saturday night live," the emotional opening to the show with a children's choir singing "silent night."
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also this morning for the first time we're hearing how one little girl survived the massacre, and my colleague lara is back with more on that. >> we have heard the story of just one class just decimated. there was one small survivor, and last night i spoke to the person counseling her family. this is a story, a harrowing story of how a 6-year-old girl lived by playing dead. you have one parishioner who was right there, a little girl, a first grader. >> yeah, she was the first student who ran out of the sandy hook school, 6 1/2 years old. she ran out of the school building covered in blood from head to toe, and the first words she said to her mom when she got outside was, "mommy, i'm okay, but all my friends are dead." somehow in that moment by god's grace was able to act as if she was already deceased. >> was she the only child in that class that survived? >> yeah, of those who were left
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in the classroom of first graders, she was the lone survivor. >> what did she tell her mom? what did she see in there? >> well, she saw someone who she felt was angry and somebody who she felt was very mad. >> how at 6 1/2 years old can you be that smart, that brave? >> hmm, i think it's impossible outside of divine intervention. she has wisdom beyond her years. >> how are the mom and dad doing? >> i think as well as you can expect them to do. >> and they must be relieved to have their child but on the other hand so many feelings. >> yes, the mom told me -- and i felt this was very insightful -- that she was suffering from what called survivors guilt. because so many of their friends no longer have their children, but she has hers. >> she survived because she had wisdom beyond her years. just an incredible story of survival and all by a 6-year-old girl.
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dan? >> as you said an incredible story and her family with survivor's guilt, no doubt dealing with that for awhile. thank you for that. lara, much more from you later in the broadcast. >> school is going to resume here in this shattered town on tuesday. and a few moments ago i spoke with bill hart, a spokesperson for the newtown board of education. the plan is to re-open the schools on tuesday. why is it so important to get things moving again. >> well, all the mental health experts we talked to, and the state has done a wonderful job of bringing in some help, tell us it's the best thing to do to get back to normal operations as soon as possible. it's best for the children and for the staff and for the community. >> what do you do with the students who are enrolled at this elementary school? >> well, this school here, we're clearly not going to be into this building any time in the foreseeable future. we're very close to a plan to move the community to -- the school community to another location. those details will probably come
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out today. i'm not really prepared to really say but we know it'll work. >> i know it's early. do you think you can ever re-open this school and what would you say to parents who say i never want to send my child -- >> i would probably feel very much the same way. i mean, my three daughters went to this school, and we have many memories there. i think trying to understand what we're going to do with that is a long process, and, you know, we're not anywhere prepared to make those decisions now. >> you talked about the importance of re-establishing routines, but it's going to be hard to do in this atmosphere. what kind of special allowances will you take for the staff and for the students who are really hurting as you try to reestablish routines? >> well, we brought in health care professionals, mental health professionals from all over the state and have special training for people and know some of the teachers might not be prepared to come back and we will be prepared with substitutes and we've got
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counseling for all the people. we're prepared to do whatever we have to do to help all of our community. >> we keep hearing these stories of the valor displayed by the principal at this elementary school and also some of the teachers. what are your thoughts on that? >> well, i think we had -- that's really the big story here. there's some incredible heroes, and i think what they did moving to move all the other children to safe locations and going through our lockdown process, that saved countless more lives. those teachers, the staff that were there, the first responders who came in, they're the people who are the real heroes. >> bill hart, very difficult job and i wish you the best. >> thank you, dan. >> as we said he has a very difficult job. once again our thanks to bill hart. let's get it back to new york now and bianna. >> so hard to process that point that you made, dan. that most of these victims still have their baby teeth. such a heinous act and such innocence lost. well, we are getting a more complete picture this morning of the gunman as police try to learn why 20-year-old adam lanza went on his bloody rampage.
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abc's chief investigator correspondent brian ross is here. and you hear the weapons used were likely licensed to his mother who is described as a gun enthusiast. >> that is correct, bianna. and authorities say they are moving quickly with more developments likely to come today in efforts to determine the how and the why of this stunning crime. police say they have already found important clues in the lanzas' four-bedroom, $600,000 home where the killer's mother, 52-year-old nancy lanza, was the first victim. >> hopefully painting the complete picture as to how and more importantly why this occurred. >> reporter: authorities now say nancy lanza owned the same style of guns that her son used to kill her and the 26 victims at the elementary school. the medical examiner said most were killed with multiple shots from the high-powered semiautomatic rifle. >> this probably is the worst i have seen. >> reporter: the connection between adam lanza and the sandy hook elementary school goes back to the time he went to school there, and his mother worked as
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a teacher's aide. according to adam's aunt marsha lanza -- >> i know he had issues with school. she eventually wound up home schooling him. she battled with the school district and in what capacity, i'm not 100% certain if it was behavior. if it was learning disabilities. >> reporter: as a fuller picture of adam lanza began to emerge including his membership in the high school tech club, former classmates tell abc news he was a smart but socially awkward student. >> he always carried a briefcase. and that's what sticks out most in my mind. >> reporter: adam's parents peter and nancy lanza went through an uncontested divorce three years ago, and adam's aunt said that nancy had purchased so many weapons because she was concerned for her safety living alone. >> i think the reason why nancy may have had them for the many more of us in this country, self-defense and no other reason. >> reporter: friends have told us is that nancy lanza happy to
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take her sons to a nearby firing range before target practice and was happy to do that. >> she could have been there when he was learning how to shoot those guns. it led to her death and the death of 26 others. thank you so much. dan, i know you have more on those 26 victims as well now. >> as we said we now know their names. they're so young, all 6 and 7 years old, all in the first grade, all shot more than once by a semiautomatic rifle. the medical examiner saying death was mercifully swift. and added it's probably the worst he has ever seen in three decades on the job. and amy robach is here with more on this. this is really the hardest part. >> it truly is. because as we learn more about the victims, it truly gets harder. we know the names and see the faces of those sweet little boys and girls, the teachers who loved them and, of course, the parents who so desperately miss them.
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12 little girls and 8 little boys all only in first grade and the teachers who tried to save them. on saturday photos and details of lives cut short started to emerge. >> the worst that i know of any of my colleagues having seen. >> noah pozner had just turned 6. his twin sister survived the shooting but noah did not. 7-year-old grace mcdonnell, family members telling abc news "our daughter grace was the love and light of our family. words cannot adequately express our sense of loss." ana marquez-green, the daughter of a jazz musician. they're struggling to work through this nightmare. catherine hubbard's family said in a statement saturday, "we ask that you continue to pray for us and the other families who have experienced loss in in tragedy.
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jesse lewis was looking forward to making gingerbread houses in school that day. he was in victoria soto's class. she, just 27 years old. her family says she was shielding some of her first graders when she died. lauren russeau had just started as a full-time teacher in september. she was having the best year of her life, her mother said. mary sherlach, the school psychologist, in a statement saturday her family said "mary felt like she was doing god's work by helping children. she headed towards the shooter when the assault began." joined by the school's beloved principal. dawn hochsprung, a mother herself, it is now believed she turned on the p.a. system when the shooting started so others could be warned of the dangers that had invaded their school. it is so difficult to find the right words after seeing how much this community has lost, but somehow, some way the father of little emilie parker found those words when he spoke to cameras outside of a newtown church. >> as the deep pain begins to
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settle into our hearts, we find comfort reflecting on the incredible person that emilie was and how many lives that she was able to touch in her short time here on earth. emilie was bright, creative and very loving as those were the gifts that were given to her by her heavenly father. the strength that she gave us and the example that she showed us was remarkable. she is an incredible person, and i'm so blessed to be her dad. i don't know how to get through something like this. my wife and i don't understand how to process all of this and how to get our lives going. i'm not mad, because i have to make sure that i use this event to do what i can, to do whatever i can to, one, make sure that my family and my wife and my
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daughters are taken care of and that if there's anything that i can do to help anybody anywhere, i'd be willing to do that. >> what an incredibly strong and brave and courageous man. my hat is certainly off to him as a parent. i don't think that i could do that. >> and covering this story as a parent, i know you've got three little girls, extraordinarily difficult. >> it is incredibly difficult. school is closed here in newtown tomorrow, but everyone around the country, every parent out there who is going to take their children to school tomorrow, it's going to be a fundamentally different experience because there is a fear factor and the sense that you don't know. that elementary school isn't sacred anymore. it's not a safe place anymore that we once thought it would be and a lot of parents will hug their kids more tightly tomorrow and tell them they love them before they send them off. >> indeed, and taking things not so much for granted anymore. i know lara in the broadcast
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you're going to be back about how to talk to children about this. >> it's a big struggle. >> amy, excellent reporting. thank you very much. >> sunday morning is always a time for reflection but even more so on this day and in this place. abc's juju chang is at one of the churches here in newtown. juju, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dan. you know, congregants are filing in. mass is about to get under way and the houses of worship throughout newtown and, in fact, throughout the country are providing a sense of community this morning. but also a place where you can ask questions to which there are no easy answers like how could a gunman wipe out such innocence? here on the grounds of st. rose of lima there are makeshift memorials. and when you walk up to them, you can see candles and flowers and notes of condolences but also childlike items, a soccer ball signed by the newtown soccer club, little stuffed animals like the kind a 6 or 7-year-old would take to bed and a note that said simply "sleep in heavenly peace." dan? >> and those childlike items as
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you put it, they are the toughest to see. juju, i know several families who belong to the church in front of which you are standing lost children. how is the church dealing with that? >> reporter: dan, it is such a poignant thought. monsignor robert weiss, as you know, who is the priest here who had the gut-wrenching job of informing families they lost children had spent last night planning funerals for those eight children. a church official told me there are eight children, eight families and eight funerals that are being planned here in this congregation alone at st. rose and, you know, throughout this town, the churches and the houses of worship are not just wrapping their arms around the families that suffered a direct loss but for the entire community which says they'll never be the same. and one last detail, dan, there are four services planned here today and there are kleenex boxes on either side of each aisle of that church. >> extraordinary. we are heading into the week leading up to christmas and in
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this little town, they've got more than 20 funerals to plan and carry out, juju chang, thank you for your reporting. a lot of other news on this sunday morning. for more on that, let's get back to new york and bianna once again. >> all right, dan, we'll be back to you in newtown in just a few you moments but to another developing story, a health scare for hillary clinton. the secretary of state suffering a concussion after fainting from dehydration. abc's david kerley has the latest from washington and, david, how serious is her condition? >> reporter: well, she is staying home for about a week now. secretary clinton's health issue means that she will not be going to capital hill to testify about what happened in benghazi. and even though she injured herself last week, we didn't learn about her condition until hours ago. this morning hillary clinton is at home recovering from a concussion, as well as a stomach virus. in fact, the two are related. the state department says the secretary returned from her latest trip with a stomach bug. that was nine days ago but early
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last week clinton became dehydrated and fainted at her home. she apparently hit her head because officials say she suffered a concussion. it's the second time in eight years she has fainted because of a stomach bug, but she's generally healthy as she told barbara walters recently who asked about a possible presidential run in 2016. >> is your age a concern to you? >> it really isn't. i am thankfully -- knock on wood -- not only healthy but have incredible stamina and energy. >> reporter: but staying home this week means the secretary will not testify about the terrorist attack in benghazi, libya. >> look, i've said it, and i'll say it one more time, no one wants to find out what happened more than i do. >> reporter: the state department reports on what led to the terrorist attack. the death of ambassador chris stevens and three others will come out in the next couple of days. clinton was set to testify before both houses thursday. now she will stay home and two deputies will fill in. not good enough says the republican chair of the house
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committee who declared the question about benghazi, "requires a public appearance by the secretary of state herself." but that may never happen. abc news has learned that the president will nominate john kerry as secretary of state. as soon as he is confirmed, clinton will retire, so she may never testify about benghazi, and, bianna, we learned that the president called secretary clinton yesterday to make sure she was doing okay. >> glad to hear she is doing better. all right. david, thank you. now with a look at the other stories making headlines here's ron claiborne. >> good morning to you, bianna, good morning, everyone. we begin with another eruption of gunfire, this time in a parking lot in a shopping mall in southern california. the shooting was caught on surveillance camera. police in newport beach, california, say that 42-year-old marcos gurrola was arrested after allegedly firing about 50 shots into the air and ground outside of that mall. no one injured, however, but the mall packed with holiday shoppers went into lockdown until police secured the area. in oklahoma, a teenager
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under as reaccused of a frightening plot to shoot students and bomb his own high school. prosecutors say that 18-year-old sammy chavez planned to trap students in a locked auditorium and start shooting. he also allegedly wanted to place bombs at the doors for when police arrived. students reported the plan, the alleged plot to school staff members after chavez tried to recruit them. and a major concession by the republican house leaders in those fiscal cliff negotiations. abc news has learned that house speaker john boehner has proposed raising income taxes for the wealthiest americans, those making a million dollars a year or more but only if the obama administration agreed to major entitlement cuts. the white house rejected boehner's proposal out of hand. and egypt's muslim brotherhood is declaring victory in the first round of voting on a new constitution in that country. the referendum by mohammed morsi has polarized egypt.
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leading to violent clashes between pro and anti-government groups. another round of voting takes place this coming week. and former south african president nelson mandela is recovering this morning from surgery to have gallstones removed. the 94-year-old was initially hospitalized eight days ago with the recurrence of a lung infection. this is the second time that he's been hospitalized this year. but hanging in there. >> around the world wishing him the best. >> yeah. >> all right, ron, thank you. time for weather and over to ginger zee. hey, ginger. >> good morning, bianna. good morning, everyone. it was an icy, messy just disaster in parts of minnesota yesterday because of this low pressure system. first came the snow, then kind of this wintry mix and you had a lot of slide-offs. that same type of energy is now moving to the north and east so parts of new england tonight through early tomorrow are in winter weather advisories. winter storm warnings even. south of the mid-atlantic and northeast it will stay mostly rain but some heavy rains at times. just something to look ahead to. also severe storms with that moisture pumping from the gulf.
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you could have 70-mile-per-hour gusts and small hail down through jackson, mississippi, even to houston today so that's something to take note of. and the pacific northwest, the some blizzard warnings and winter storm warnings in effect too. that starts tonight, up to 75-mile-per-hour gusts and can see here up to 1 or 2 feet of snow in the mountains. >> that is a look at your nation's weather. we'll head now back out to dan. >> thank you, ginger.
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>> coming up, much more from newtown, connecticut. some practical advice to parents. how do you talk to your children about this. also, we'll take a look at how this massacre puts the contentious issue of gun control back in the news. the contend shoes issue of gun control is back in the news. f gun control is back in the news. of gun control is back in the news. sthe contend shoes issue of gun control is back in the news. the contend shoes issue of gun control is back in the news. ithe contend shoes issue of gun control is back in the news. sthe contend shoes issue of gun control is back in the news. gam gam "the game."
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"good morning amer gm. good morning, america on this sunday morning, 48 hours after the worst shooting at an elementary school in american history. this morning as the families of the young victims release a flood of beautiful but wrenching photographs, these question, how do you talk to your children about this kind of disaster and what, if anything, can be done to prevent this from happening again? good morning from newtown, connecticut, once again i'm dan harris, bianna golodryga is in new york. we'll get back to her in just a
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moment and we'll be tackling both of those questions in a moment but first we want to start with the latest developments. president obama will be traveling here later today to meet with the families of those who were lost and also to thank the first responders. he will speak at an interfaith vigil scheduled for 7:00 eastern. we now know the names of the dead and we know that all of the 20 children were in the first grade born in 2005 or 2006, the oldest victim, the school psychologist born in 1956. the massive scope of the senseless slaughter, the latest in a long string of mass shootings in america has re-opened the politically explosive subject of gun control and the second amendment. abc's pierre thomas who is our senior justice correspondent has been looking into it. good morning. >> good morning, dan. so many disturbing questions but this tragic event has put a spotlight on america's thriving gun culture. the statistics are staggering. on black friday, u.s. shoppers were not just buying toys and electronics but guns in record
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numbers. on that single day the fbi did computerized background checks on more than 154,000 purchases of firearms. and in november alone, americans tried to buy a whopping 2 million guns. here are some facts that might surprise you. there are more registered gun dealers in stores than major supermarkets. more gun sellers than mcdonald's restaurants. the overwhelming majority of gun owners are law-abiding citizens but authorities tell abc news the millions of guns in circulation guarantee that disturbed people will often be able to obtain them even in tight-knit communities like newtown. we spoke to atf's on-scene commander to newtown. roughly how many gun dealers are in this area? >> there are about 400 gun dealers in a four-county area just within ten miles of the incident there are 36. >> reporter: in the case of adam lanza, law enforcement
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source us tell us the two handguns and assault rifle used in the shooting were bought legally. >> in america unless you have a felony conviction or you're adjudicated by a court to be mentally incompetent, you have ready access to firearms. >> reporter: lanza joins the ranks of mass shooters jared lee loughner, james holmes and the virginia tech shooter and this morning the nation is left with a perplexing question, how do you keep weapons from men like these when there are an estimated 200 million plus guns already in circulation? dan, there are simply no easy answers. >> reporter: no, and this is an explosive issue. i know you'll be talking about it later on "this week." a special edition of "this week" from here in newtown, connecticut, george stephanopoulos will talk with the governor of connecticut dan malloy and other elected officials from the state, tackling questions such as how
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leadership responds to the tragedy. that is this morning on "this week with george stephanopoulos." let's get back to new york and ron who has a look at the morning's top stories, also ginger with the weather. ginger? >> good morning, along with severe storms here's what we'll look for in the way of drenching rains, some computer models are putting out 1 to even 3 inches of rain for mississippi and back through louisiana and eventually make their way through the rest of the southeast. i want to leave you with a look here across the nation, remember, blizzard warnings, winter storm warnings in the pacific northwest. that storm hits tonight through tomorrow. some of the higher elevations will be tough and have to get chains on the tires, chicago, 48 and rain throughout the northeast develops this afternoon through tonight, rain/snow mix in new england. up to 9 inches of snow in new hampshire. that's a look at the big picture. now a check a
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it was peaceful and it was peaceful and everything was fine, everything was just normal. as a regular friday morning would be to everyone and then it all just changed. >> heard screaming. >> we were like all scared. >> we heard a loud bang. we thought that something fell then we heard another and then we thought that that was a gunshot. >> we thought it was a safety drill but then we noticed it was real. >> we hid in the storage room and i actually prayed to god. >> everybody was a little scared crying and i felt actually a little sick like i was going to throw up. >> it felt like it lasted like an hour but it was really like maybe 20 minutes. >> when i went to the fire department, when i didn't see
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him, i was like, oh, my god, what happened to my brother. >> what's the hardest part? >> that someone would murder so many people. >> and i finally saw ethan i was very relieved. >> you said earlier you said you think your teacher saved your life. >> she saved all of us. there's 19 people in our class and she saved all of us. >> and the question facing parents everywhere this morning is, of course, how do i talk to my own child about these terrible events? how can we explain the unexplainable? the unexplainable, difficult for even us to comprehend. joining us is journalist and author willow bay who wrote the book on this topic "talking to your kids in tough times: how to answer your child's questions about the world we live in." she joins us from los angeles and willow was a former anchor here of this program. we want to welcome you back to the program. thanks for being with us. >> nice to be with you on what is really a tragic morning for all of us, for all parents. and children alike.
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>> willow, i want to start by asking you the question that we've been talking about this morning, all three of us being parents, how do we approach this topic? i know my kids were asking about it last night, where i would be this morning. how do you do it in a way that's compassionate and giving them the information that they need but not too much? >> so the first thing you want to do is establish that there's no question too scary for your child to talk about, to create a really safe and comfortable place for them to come and talk to you. the second thing you want to do is suppress the normal parental instinct to tell them everything. you want it to come from you. you want to be the one to tell them. but this is one of those situations where we need to do what we do as journalists and ask our children questions so we get a baseline on what they're understanding. remember, they're processing unthinkable information and adult information with the minds of children. so you want to ask them questions like, well, what do you think about that?
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what have you heard about that? are the kids at school talking about that? just as a way of getting the conversation started and as a way of getting more precise understanding of what exactly they know and think to be the truth. >> and, willow, one of the questions i received from my 10-year-old daughter, one of the first questions out of her mouth was why mommy. why would someone do like this and you know what, i didn't have an answer for her. what do you tell your children, willow, when they ask why? >> by the way, my 14-year-old -- that was the first thing he said to me, how -- why would somebody do this and i think in that situation it's fine to answer truthfully, which is i don't know. i think everybody is asking that question today. but then with a young child particularly with a young child because the young children think very concretely. they don't -- they haven't mastered abstract thinking. ask them, well, why do you
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think, why do you think somebody would have made a choice like that and it'll get them processing some of this information in their own way. and then you can steer the conversation to ways people could make better choices, for example. >> okay. and one of the most important things is, of course, to make them feel safe. you heard a little girl i spoke to last night say she's afraid to go back to school. children everywhere will experience some of these feelings of anxiety. what do we say to them about feeling safe and knowing that they are safe? >> well, again, children, young children in particular think very concretely so it's very helpful to reassure them in very concrete and specific ways that they will be safe when they go to school. so you remind them that there are adults out there whose job it is to keep them safe, whether it's policemen. their school principal. their teachers. and walk them through the safety measures in their school.
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there's somebody standing at the front gate. there are drills that we do, practice your drills. again, very concrete and specific things that are going on in their school to keep them safe. also, ask them for their own ideas. what do you think we can do to help keep you safer? what do you think would help you feel safer? oftentimes allowing them to participate will really help them feel better, but then always come back to reminding them that it's the job of adults and there are a lot of us, hard at work, to keep them safe. >> willow bay, fantastic advice and advice that each and every one of us as parents around this entire country can use today as our children head back to school on monday. willow, thank you very much. >> great to hear from you, willow, and more from newtown, connecticut, when we come back. try this. it's oikos greek yogurt.
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well, it will be a struggle to say the least to make sense of the tragedy in connecticut. already people from all over the country are going there to share in the grief. let's go back to lara spencer in newtown. so encouraging to see people from across the country wanting to help. >> bianna, it has been just an incredibly emotional 24 hours here and i will tell you that what struck most of us as we walked around town last night was that sense of strength, resilience, and most of all kindness. on a cold, crisp, new england night, residents gathered in
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makeshift memorials throughout town trying to make sense of the impossible. >> i'm just waiting to wake up from this nightmare. >> reporter: then joined by hundreds of strangers who traveled far and wide trying to help. why did you need to be here? >> i'm a mother. i'm a mother. >> reporter: a mother from new york city, a chaplain from north carolina. how important is it to give back to this community? >> i have grandsons exactly the same age as the victims. my heart was just -- i just was moved. >> reporter: this firehouse is now the site of 26 christmas trees, one for each life taken at sandy hook school, each donated by a woman from north carolina and nestled with teddy bears. how is christmas going to be? >> not going to feel like christmas. i think, you know, it's important to keep things as normal as possible for everyone. it's about giving and loving and kindness.
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>> reporter: random acts of kindness abound. take michael craigen offering up his bulldog for free hugs at a local coffee shop. amanda harmon is a grief counselor who lives an hour away but donating her time to those here who need her the most. >> out of all this tragedy my heart has been lifted from all the good that's coming in cross country and around the world. incredible experience. >> and this evening the president will be here in newtown to meet with families who have lost and also to speak at an interfaith vigil. bianna, back to you in new york. >> just when you think you see the worst part of society, you see the kindness, as well and i think all of us can say this weekend we're all part of newtown. all right, lara, thank you, and we'll be right back. ask i was living with this all-over pain.
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that's going to do it for "gma" on this sunday morning. on behalf of bianna golodryga who you see there in new york alongside lara spencer and amy robach here with me in newtown, connecticut, i want to thank you for joining us. and remind you there's much more coverage coming up on abc news throughout the day, a special edition of "this week with george stephanopoulos" and abc's david muir will host "world news" from here later on. thanks again for watching. take care.
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this morning from newtown, connecticut, a special edition of "this week." tragedy at the elementary school. >> everything was just normal, and then it all just changed. >> 27 killed, most in the first grade. >> she is a special type of person, and i'm so blessed to be her dad. >> evil visited this community today. >> evil met by bravery. >> i said there's a bad guy out there but make way for the good guys.

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